In 2022, Panerai once again focused on the Submersible family, with the launch of the QuarantaQuattro (forty-four in Italian) collection in a compelling new size. Sitting neatly between the established Submersible case sizes of 42mm and 47mm, the QuarantaQuattro Submersible dive watch collection offers a range of colors and materials (including Carbotech), all in a Goldilocks size for those with wrists normal height, but still want weight. .
Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech: what is it?
The new QuarantaQuattro collection features seven new Submersible SKUs, but we’re going to focus on the Carbotech SKU due to its innovative and perfectly wearable case material. It is a watch that not only demonstrates Panerai’s enthusiasm to have a watch in its catalog for everyone, but also its continuous efforts to push technical boundaries, both in terms of durability and innovation.
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As mentioned, the case measures an accessible diameter of 44mm, with the cushion case shape Panaristis know and love. Another immediately recognizable element of Panerai diver’s watches is the large Safety Lock crown protection device, which both helps to guarantee the watch up to 300m of water resistance and reminds us of its utilitarian and functional avant-garde design. .
The case is in Carbotech, itself made from a composite material based on carbon fiber that is lighter than titanium and ceramic, while being very resistant. The fiber sheets have created a striped pattern across the case making them technically unique, while the 60-minute bezel is made from the same lightweight material. The only elements of the titanium case are the caseback and the crown guard, both covered with a stealthy DLC coating.
The deep blue dial features a matte finish, which nicely complements the high contrast white hands and indexes. Both are filled with a luminous material to be easily readable while diving, while the hands are actually partially skeletonized to complete the look. You’ll find a seconds sundial at 9 o’clock, while there’s a handy daily date window at 3 o’clock.
The Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech is powered by the P.900 calibre, developed by the Manufacture Horlogère ValFleurier, Panerai’s teammate in Richemont. Offering a tantalizing 72-hour power reserve, it runs at 28,800 vph.
As you’d expect from a Panerai diver’s watch, the QuarantaQuattro Carbotech arrives on a 30% recycled rubber strap in a color that matches the dial well.
Price and verdict
While Panerai made some new friends with the recently released Panerai Luminor Marina Quaranta which measured 40mm, it’s good to see more diverse case sizes across the range of collections. If you’re looking at a Panerai, you know you’re not getting a delicate dress watch, and 44mm seems balanced for most wrist sizes. Especially when combined with the light and sturdy Carbotech case material, this is a watch that is decidedly contemporary. The Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech comes with an RRP of $26,100 and is currently available.